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Birth Control & Family Planning

Welcome to StorkNet's Birth Control and Family Planning Bookshelf. Here are a selection of books we recommend on this subject. Don't forget to visit StorkNet's Birth Control Cubby and Family Planning Channel for more information and support.

The Contraception Sourcebook
by Elizabeth B. Connell, MD; Paperback, 272 pages, published McGraw Hill - NTC, November 13, 2001
Synopsis: Human kind has been searching for the ideal contraceptive since the beginning of time. The objective was--and still is--to find a contraceptive that is completely safe, thoroughly effective, socially acceptable, readily reversible, inexpensive, and completely convenient. From oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices to periodic abstinence and male contraception to the latest developments in the field, every form of birth control is covered in this book. Thought provoking and pragmatic, here at last is a comprehensive, intelligent guide to contraception.

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The Whole Truth About Contraception: A Guide to Safe and Effective Choices
by Beverly Winikoff, MD, and Suzanne Wymelenberg; Paperback, 288 pages, published by National Academy Press, 1997

Synopsis: This book is a detailed guide to the methods of birth control currently available, plus a brief review of new methods being developed. Each chapter describes a specific method and provides information to help you choose a contraceptive suited to you and your current situation. Chapters discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each contraceptive, safety concerns, general effectiveness, side effects, costs, and how to obtain and use it.

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Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies
by Sheila K. Kippley
Paperback; Published September 1999, Couple to Couple League

Synopsis: Since the beginning of time, women all over the world have used breastfeeding to both nurture babies and space them about two years apart. However, in modern American culture the way we often breastfeed does NOT work to space children. This book explains why not, and how to get back to nature.

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Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement
by Toni Weschler; Paperback, 512 pages, published October 2006 by Collins

Synopsis: Fully illustrated with eight pages of color graphics and filled with helpful examples and charts, Taking Charge of Your Fertility provides a complete and fascinating window into your reproductive system. The book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to: enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices; maximize your odds of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your infertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to your pregnancy; increase your chances of choosing the gender of your baby; and gain control of your sexual and gynecological health.

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Your Fertility Signals: Using Them to Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy Naturally
by Merryl Winstein; Paperback - 159 pages, published May 1991 by Smooth Stone Press

Synopsis: Presented in question-and-answer format, one of the most straightforward self-help books on fertility aims to help couples achieve or prevent pregnancy without using contraceptives. It advocates not the outdated rhythm method, but quick, daily examinations of cervical mucus and body temperature to ascertain when the few days of fertility occur. Winstein also covers the practical aspects of sexual abstinence during the fertile period, breastfeeding's role in fertility, returning to normal cycles after using the pill, and how ovulation occurs. Assuming normal fertility, she yet includes an explanatory, alphabetical list of infertility problems. An accurate, lovingly illustrated handbook that does much to dispel the mystery and imagined difficulty centered around birth control. Further information, readings list, references, glossary, index.

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